Umwelt Minister Laszlo Borbely muss in Rumänien wegen Korruption zurücktreten

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06 Apr 12 / 10:08:00
Romania Minister Quits Over Corruption Claims

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Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely has resigned following Anti-Corruption Department allegations concerning the issue of improper contracts and concealment of assets.

Marian Chiriac

Bucharest

Laszlo Borbely, 58, resigned on Thursday, one day after anti-corruption prosecutors asked parliament to lift his immunity in order to start criminal prosecution for corruption.

Borbely is suspected of giving several public contracts to a company without public tenders for refurbishing works in his personal apartment. The value of the contracts is estimated at some 200,000 euro. The DNA has also started a file against him for having forged his asset statements and not declared some of his possessions.

The minister has denied wrongdoing. “I am not guilty and my decision to resign is based only on the fact that I’m ready to prove I am innocent. Furthermore, my resignation  is  aimed at protecting the government’s image,” Borbely said.

Reacting to the announcement, the opposition leader, Social Democrat Victor Ponta, said it was possible that Borbely was now paying for his insubordination to cabinet policy.

“Borbely delayed giving environmental clearance to projects such as the much-debated Rosia Montana gold mine and the Chevron shale gas projects,” Ponta said on Thursday.

The Canadian firm Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, RMGC, plans to operate an open-cast gold mine in central Transylvania, and many historians, architects and civic and green activists are concerned about its impact on the environment, fearing it may damage mining galleries that date back to Roman times.

RMGC still awaits an environment certificate to start digging for gold, as environment ministers have so far been reluctant to give their approval to the project.

The row over gold exploitation comes on top of another environmental dispute related to plans by US oil and gas company Chevron to start a shale gas exploitation in eastern Romania. While environmentalists say shale gas exploitation is dangerous, specialists say the gas obtained is cheap and any exploitation will have to comply with environmental standards.

Unter der OberflächeTerritorialkonflikt zwischen Rumänien und Bulgarien bricht wieder auf

Nach 20 Jahren Stillhaltens bricht ein alter Konflikt um 17 Quadratkilometer im Schwarzen Meer zwischen den beiden EU-Mitgliedern wieder auf, vermutet man in dem Gebiet doch reiche Erdöl- und Erdgasvorkommen. Bulgarien will nun offenbar Nägel mit Köpfen machen, was Rumänien dazu veranlasste, die Angelgenheit publik zu machen. Offiziell mühen sich beide Seietn um diplomatische Zurückhaltung, doch unter der Decke brodelt es.

Den Stein ins Rollen brachte der rumänische Außenminister Cristian Diaconescu, der in einem TV-Interview den Disput, der seit 1994 unter einem Deckmantel diplomatischen Schweigens verborgen gewesen war, an die Oberfläche brachte. Der rumänische Staatssekretär im Außenministerium Bogdan Aurescu bestätigte dem rumänischen Nachrichtenportal Agerpress gegenüber, dass diplomatische Verhandlungen bereits 1994 begonnen hätten. „Dies ist keine neue bilaterale Angelegenheit. Das einzig neue Element ist, dass es publik wurde.“, betonte er.

Ein langer Konflikt mit baldiger Lösung?

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